Developing a support system

Loving support from your family and friends can make a big difference in the health of your pregnancy and the first years of your baby’s life.

dads are key

Research shows having an involved father offers many benefits to the partner and the baby, including better breastfeeding, fewer complications during delivery and lots of benefits for children.

Your child’s father can play an important role throughout pregnancy and after your baby arrives even if you aren’t in a romantic relationship. Remember, fathers need support, too. Visit the National Fatherhood Clearinghouse to learn more.

ask for help

You may like to do things by yourself. You may even think you’ll want a lot of privacy after the baby is born. Sooner or later though, you’re going to want a little help.

the more you know, the better you’ll be

Help yourself get more confident in your knowledge of pregnancy, labor, delivery and your baby’s development. Text4baby is a free text messaging service for pregnant women and moms of babies up to one year old. It’s available in English and Spanish and works with all phone service providers, whether or not you have a data plan.

share the joy

Having a baby means a lot to you and your loved ones. Keep them updated throughout the pregnancy. For example, tell them what it’s like to hear the baby’s heartbeat.


It is common for new mothers to feel nervous. In this video, a woman gives advice on how to build a support system.